Clearing. The Black Friday of British higher education?

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The transaction between prospective students and universities has always been unlike that of any other buyer/seller. Students chose their preferred universities and then universities chose the students they wanted. There was a balance between demand and supply which under the grant-funded regime used to seemed to work. It didn’t matter if only a handful of students chose a particularly obscure degree with no job prospects. The government grant would subsidise it, and the student would enter the job market with no debt to speak of.

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We’re celebrating our first birthday!

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We are 1, we are 50, we are 1100!

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There’s too much to do, to review.

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This autumn, university governing bodies will be meeting with a long list of concerns. From the Office for Students (OfS) to student numbers to the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). Read more

Desperation. Or Reputation?

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A seriously depressing article appeared in the Sunday Times last weekend (22nd July) on how a number of British universities are resorting to desperation tactics in order to attract the brightest students. This in a year when the number of student applicants is down to its lowest level in a decade.

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The shortcut to empowered communications

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I recently facilitated a discussion at ‘Inspiring Women, Inspiring Women’: a networking and learning event in Devon skillfully organised by Clair Wellsbury-Nye. An impressive, diverse collective of around 15 women attended, and I’ve been mulling over elements of that conversation ever since.

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How much do Teaching Excellence awards and badges matter?

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Are teaching excellence awards and badges just for the feel-good factor, or are they vital information for students to hone their consumer persona and ‘wise choice’ skills?

As we approach another glittering award ceremony, it gives me cause to pause and think about what ‘excellence’ means.

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Fundraising lessons from Gareth Southgate

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Let’s face it, who isn’t just a little bit in love with Gareth Southgate right now? Who wouldn’t be impressed by his focus, modesty, attention to detail, attitude and waistcoats.

As we all reflect on an extraordinary match, I think there are some interesting lessons for fundraisers.

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7 things state school Heads need to know about fundraising….

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If you are Head of a state school you won’t have much time to read this so here are the 7 things you need to know about fundraising….

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A new recipe for higher education governance.

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A dash of ‘business’ and a dollop of ‘charity’ – the recipe for Vice-Chancellor pay?

 

The governance of our universities has focused inwards and concentrated on compliance rather than focusing outwards and on culture. This lack of focus on culture is very risky.

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Funding the fundraising

When I began my career in fundraising, the accepted mantra was that people would not give significant gifts to support salaries for professional staff. They would give to buildings, they would give to research programmes, they would support a professorship, but they would not be interested in the salaries of support staff. Still less would they invest in supporting the salary of a fundraiser.

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